The HND is equivalent to the first two years of a standard three-year university degree. You’ll study for two years with us and then you can progress to a one-year university top-up programme to earn a full degree. If you already have a relevant HNC, you can study just the one year with us.
This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed during the HNC and gives advanced preparation if you want to follow a career in health and social care. If you're already working in the sector, an HND would enhance your job prospects. Designed to equip you with the knowledge and understanding required for successful employment, this course will give you the transferable skills to meet the increasing demands of the health care sector. It also offers focused study in defined areas of the health and social care sector with specialist units. You'll be taught through classroom-based lectures and practical assignments. Throughout the course, you'll be encouraged to study independently to consolidate your learning and broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject.
The course covers core elements of health and social care and includes:
- Psychology for health - developing understanding of the psychological factors which influence behaviour throughout the lifespan and how these apply to health and social care
- Facilitating change in health and social care - gaining an understanding of the factors of change in health and social care services and the practice of evaluating and facilitating change
- Supporting significant life events - investigating how people may be supported through expected and unexpected transitions and the effectiveness of service responses in supporting them.
The name of the course, as it appears on your qualification or certificate, will be L5 - BTEC HND Diploma in Health Care Practice For England (QCF) - Yr 1 of 1 (EDEXCEL)
Each module is assessed through coursework. You'll need to undertake an initial assessment at interview.
If you don't already have a relevant HNC, you'll take the two-year course and start at HNC level. For the two-year course, you'll need a related Level 3 qualification, like an Access to Higher Education Certificate; OR at least one A-level in a relevant subject at grade A*-C; OR more than one A-level at grades A*-E.
You should have GCSE maths and English grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent.
If you're an older learner we can take into account your paid and unpaid experience, professional qualifications and life experience.
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).
Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.
You'll be ready to find work or could continue your studies by completing the final year of a degree programme.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.
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